Taos Lady Tigers enter District 2-4A season after a tie ballgame at East Mountain.
The Taos Lady Tigers bounced back from a 15-8 loss against the East Mountain Lady Timberwolves at Sandia Park to tie the second game of their doubleheader 9-9 March 30. The second game was played to its full seven innings and was deemed a win for the Lady Tigers, but was later called a tie after an administrative error was discovered. The last time the Lady Tigers recorded a tie was in 2012, when Taos and Sandia Prep played to a 4-4 tie in a nonconference game in Albuquerque.
In the first game, the Lady Tigers were bookended with big run outputs by the Lady T-wolves, giving up five runs in the first inning and six in the bottom of the sixth. The Tigers scored one run in the first and fourth innings to stay close to their nonconference hosts. A big fifth inning produced five runs for the Lady Tigers to momentarily tie the game at 7-7. The bottom of the fifth saw the Lady T-wolves answer with two runs of their own to retake a 9-7 lead.
Taos was able to close the gap with another run in the top of the sixth. However, East Mountain splurged at the plate in the bottom half of the inning, scoring six runs to take a 15-8 lead. Taos was knotted up in the top of the seventh, and the game ended with the Lady Tigers at the plate. In total, the Lady Tigers had five hits and no errors. East Mountain bats exploded with 16 hits in the game, including two home runs by Lady T-Wolves sophomore Valeria Sanchez.
Eleven hits translated into nine runs for the Lady Tigers, who scored two in the first, one in each of the third and fourth and five in the seventh inning. Jaclyn Gallegos recorded a home run for the Lady Tigers – knocking a shot out of the park in the seventh.
April is the home stretch for spring sports, and with the bulk of the games being played by the Lady Tigers (15 scheduled regular-season games) this month, Taos will be challenged in ways other than just by opponents. “We are undoubtedly in the toughest district in the state,” said coach Ramon Abreu. “But if we stick to the fundamentals, I know we’ll do quite well.”
Currently, the Lady Tigers (5-5-1, 0-0) sit at third place in the district – only three games back of league-leading Robertson Lady Cardinals (8-5, 1-0) and West Las Vegas Lady Dons (8-5, 3-0). Both Pojoaque Valley Elkettes (4-4, 0-0) and the St. Michael’s Lady Horsemen (2-9, 0-3) have lower winning percentages. However, Abreu is not looking past any team in the district.
“In this league, you have to play at a high level,” said Abreu, who mentioned that his roster is complete with the finalization of the winter sports that overlapped the softball season. “What makes this time of the year so exciting, is that we will get the chance to prove ourselves against these high-powered teams.”
The first test in the district came against the St. Mike’s Lady Horsemen April 4, and the Pojoaque Valley Elkettes April 5. Taos lost both games to start districts 0-2. Up next for Taos will be a doubleheader at Robertson April 8. The games are slated to begin at 3 p.m.